Sustainability means strong finances, a clean environment, and healthy employees and communities. At GSA, sustainability is helping federal agencies meet their missions today, without sacrificing their ability to serve future generations.
Managing over 9600 federal assets, GSA leads the way in sustainable building design, construction, retrofit, operations and maintenance.
Explore our properties that have received building certifications and awards.
GSA Proving Ground evaluates pre- and early-commercial stage building technologies, accelerating the transition from bench-scale technology to commercial viability.
By 2020, all new GSA buildings will be designed to achieve “net zero” energy, water and/or waste. Explore GSA and external resources related to net-zero design.
Green roofs slow stormwater runoff, provide excellent insulation, and reduce the “urban heat island” effect. Tour GSA’s extensive inventory of green roofs, including some of the largest in the U.S.
Save time and money with GSA acquisition solutions, including a full menu of green products and sustainable services.
Use the Green Purchasing Compilation on SFTool.gov to identify federal green purchasing requirements, review sample solicitation language, and learn where to buy compliant products. Agencies can create custom pages with shortcuts to frequently used products.
GSA works with service contractors of all types to incorporate green products and practices into their offerings. We also offer a wide array of solutions to directly address environmental issues, such as waste management and energy metering services.
GSA helps customer agencies meet environmental requirements by offering thousands of green products through GSA Advantage’s Environment Aisle and GSA Global Supply.
Achieve your agency’s electronics stewardship goals with GSA’s offerings of electronic and telecommunications products and services that save energy, reduce e-waste, and optimize performance.
With thousands of electric, hybrid, alternative-fuel options, and industry-leading management tools, GSA is the solution for efficient federal fleets.
GSA Fleet offers thousands of low-cost, high-efficiency vehicle options to help Federal agencies meet their missions sustainably.
GSA offers more than 1,500 models of alternative fuel vehicles with a variety of fueling systems, from hybrid sedans to bi-fuel CNG pickup trucks.
GSA has incorporated over 300 all-electric vehicles and 169 charging stations (and counting) into Federal fleets.
Learn more about AFVs and download GSA’s AFV Acquisition Tool to compare AFV options by size, price, fuel, availability, CO2 grams per mile, and lifetime GHG emissions.
GSA helps agencies reduce their fleet size, increase utilization, and simplify procurement with cost-effective short term rental solutions.
GSA is testing car-sharing technologies and services to determine their effectiveness in the Federal fleet context.
GSA is creating 21st century workplaces to support wellness, drive down costs, and increase productivity.
Total Workplace is GSA’s integrated approach to sustainable design, flexible workspace, and office technology. To date, Total Workplace has helped agencies save over $70 million while reducing space, cutting carbon, and supporting productivity.
How can a building promote health and wellness? We are partnering with New York City’s Health Department and Active Design Program, and the US Health and Human Services to develop FITWEL, a voluntary building certification program designed to promote wellness through design, air quality, healthy food options, and exercise opportunities.
A successful telework strategy allows employees to work productively away from the traditional office. Learn about GSA’s telework projects and see how they can apply to your agency’s workforce.
Visit SFTool.gov to learn how GSA offices across the country have designed workplaces to foster community, comfort, health, and a sense of place.
In real estate, energy, acquisition, and the supply chain, GSA serves a lead role in defining sustainability for the Federal government.
Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, requires agencies to work with suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Adopting commercial practices for managing supply chain emissions through supplier engagement can encourage efficiency and reduce costs and risks for agencies and industry alike.
The GSA’s Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings established the Green Building Advisory Committee (GBAC) to provide them with advice and recommendations. GBAC’s membership reflects a broad range of stakeholders including senior officials from federal agencies as well as leading green building experts from state, local, private, non-governmental, and academic sectors.
Every five years, GSA evaluates green building certification programs to determine the system(s) to be used across the federal government. To make this evaluation, GSA includes input from agencies, the public, and the private sector. The most recent review was completed in 2012. GSA continues to solicit input through the next review cycle in 2017.
USPS Blue Earth Program
A group of federal recycling programs, USPS BlueEarth is coordinated by the US Postal Service® to support sustainability initiatives. These initiatives assist in helping federal agencies and their employees properly dispose of items like empty ink cartridges and unwanted small electronics.
Executive Orders and Statutes:
Executive Order 13693
Visit the SFTool.gov enriched version of the executive order, which includes “hot annotations” such as elaborations on policy, explanatory texts, and links to resources.
GSA reports progress on sustainability measures as part of the Office of Management and Budget’s annual sustainability/energy scorecards. Annual progress and details on each measure are available below.
- Buildings Meeting Guiding Principles
- Use of Renewable Energy
- Reduction in Fleet Petroleum Use
- Scope 1&2 GHG Emissions
- Scope 3 GHG Emission Reduction
- Reduction in Energy Intensity
- Reduction in Potable Water Intensity
An Excel spreadsheet of GSA's Sustainability scorecard data is also available for direct download: Public GSA Sustainability Scorecard Data [XLSX - 50.25 KB]
Sustainability and Climate Change Risk Management Plans
- Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan FY 2016 [PDF - 6 MB] [DOCX - 3 MB]
- Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan FY 2015 [PDF - 1 MB] [DOCX - 666 KB]
- Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan FY 2014 [PDF - 2 MB] [DOCX - 950 KB]
Climate Change Risk Management Plan
- Climate Change Risk Management Plan FY 2014 (with Progress Updates as of March 2015) [PDF - 3 MB]